The goal, of course, is to facilitate ever more densification of urban areas and to rein in the dreaded suburban “sprawl.”
Obama and the Democrats have embraced the argument that suburbs and sprawl are bad for you.
Auto factories tend to sprawl horizontally over huge lots, and have flat roofs.
By a judicious use of the curb rein, you collect a tired horse; tired horses are inclined to sprawl about.
Once aboard, he fell in a sprawl on the boat's bottom, breathing heavily.
Never allow plants of slender habit to sprawl all over the ground.
They wander about and sprawl in the shade of fine old trees.
The sprawl of its writing was uncouth enough, but not illegible.
Losing all sense of caution, he would begin to sprawl upon the ice.
It is a case of "united we stand, divided we sprawl," as Roy Blakeley was fond of saying.
Old English spreawlian "move convulsively," with cognates in the Scandinavian languages and North Frisian spraweli, probably ultimately from PIE root *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)). Meaning "to spread or stretch in a careless manner" is attested from 1540s; of things, from 1745. Related: Sprawled; sprawling.
1719, from sprawl (v.); meaning "straggling expansion of built-up districts into surrounding countryside" is from 1955.
[1871+; fr the Hebrew name of a unit of weight and money]